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Bothriechis thalassinus CAMPBELL & SMITH, 2000

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesG: Meerblaue Palmenlanzenotter 
SynonymBothriechis thalassinus CAMPBELL & SMITH 2000
Bothriechis thalassinus — MONZEL & WÜSTER 2008
Bothriechis thalassinus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 109 
DistributionGuatemala, Honduras (elevation 1370-1750 m)

Type locality: "Finca la Firmeza, Sierra de Caral, Izabal, Guatemala, 900 m (15°22’29" N, 88°41'44" W)."  
TypesHolotype: UTA R-46526, a subadult male, The University of Texas at Arlington, from Finca La Firmeza, Sierra de Caral, Izabal, Guatemala, 900 m (15û22'29" N, 88û41'44" W), collected on 30 Aug. 1997 by E. N. Smith. 

Not listed for Honduras by WILSON & MCCRANIE (2002).

Habitat: forests, fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018) 
EtymologyNamed after the Greek thalassinos, meaning blue-green, in allusion to the striking coloration of this snake. 
  • Campbell, J.A. & Smith, E.N. 2000. A new species of arboreal pitviper from the Atlantic versant of northern Central America. Revista de Biologia Tropical 48: 1001-1013 - get paper here
  • García-Padilla E, DeSantis DL, Rocha A, Mata-Silva V, Johnson JD, Wilson LD. 2020. Conserving the Mesoamerican herpetofauna: the most critical case of the priority level one endemic species. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 14(2) [General Section]: 73–132 (e240) - get paper here
  • Guerra Centeno, Dennis; Héctor Fuentes Rousselin & David Morán Villatoro 2012. Serpientes de Guatemala: Guía para didentificación de especies. Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 186 pp.
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Kunz, K. 2006. Im Zauberreich des Quetzal: Traumreisen durch das “Land des ewigen Frühlings” [Guatemala]. Reptilia (Münster) 11 (57): 42-50 - get paper here
  • McCranie J R 2011. The snakes of Honduras. SSAR, Salt Lake City, 725 pp.
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • Meléndez, Lester 2008. Die Bothriechis-Arten Guatemalas – Daten zur Biologie und Nachzucht. Draco 8 (33): 44-49 - get paper here
  • Monzel, Markus & Wolfgang Wüster 2008. Neotropische Grubenottern – Evolution, Biogeographie und Ökologie. Draco 8 (33): 4-27 - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
  • Townsend, Josiah; Melissa Medina-Flores, Larry Wilson, Robert Jadin, James Austin 2013. A relict lineage and new species of green palm-pitviper (Squamata, Viperidae, Bothriechis) from the Chortís Highlands of Mesoamerica. ZooKeys 298 (2013): 77-105 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Wilson, L.D. & McCranie, J.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the cloud forests of Honduras. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 3 (1): 34-48 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D. & McCranie, J.R. 2003. The conservation status of the herpetofauna of Honduras. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 3 (1): 6-33 - get paper here
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